If you're planning your wedding, you may well be considering a register office for your ceremony. Register offices are seeing a rise in popularity, with civil ceremonies increasingly outnumbering religious marriages every year since 1992. Nowadays many registries are beautiful, ornate rooms softly lit and filled with flowers, and the perfect place for an intimate ceremony with family and friends.
Many modern couples choose to marry in civil ceremonies at a town hall or register office as they feel more comfortable with a less religious ceremony. Registry ceremonies are also more customisable, and can have their choice of music and speeches. (You can even have a dog as your ring bearer!) Holding your wedding at a registry office can be far more budget friendly, with a ceremony costing as little as £400 in contrast with bigger events.
Here at Perfocal, we get to see a lot of wedding photos! We wanted to use our knowledge of the prettiest, most popular and most unique town halls and register offices to help couples planning their big day.
To continue our series, we're introducing our next pick of the best town halls for a registry wedding. This week it's the Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Situated on London’s famous and fashionable King’s Road, Chelsea Old Town Hall is the perfect place for all kinds of special occasions, including your registry wedding.
The building is late-Victorian in structure and style, and provides a beautiful backdrop for registry weddings and receptions. Its central position at the heart of the coveted borough of Kensington and Chelsea makes the Chelsea Old Town Hall one of the UK's best town halls for wedding ceremonies.
There are three main rooms for holding ceremonies:
- The Brydon Room - the largest room for medium wedding
Price: starting from £800 (2021-2022)
- The Rossetti Room - the most popular room for intimate ceremony
Capacity: 12 guests
Price: £650 (2021-2022)
- The Harrington Room - the smallest room for intimate wedding
Capacity: 8 guests
Price: starting from £250 (2021-2022)
And Small Hall, Main Hall, Cadogan Suite for larger ceremonies or reception:
- Summer season 1 April 2022 to 31 October 2022
Price: starting from £560
- Winter season, 1 November 2022 to 31 March 2023
Price: starting from £550
A brief history of Chelsea Old Town Hall
Designed by Leonard Stokes, the Chelsea Old Town Hall was completed in 1908 and houses the Chelsea Registry Office, the Sports Centre and Chelsea Library. It is named the 'Old Town Hall' to distinguish it from the Chelsea Town Hall (slightly less pretty and located on the opposite side of the borough).
The Chelsea Old Town Hall is an affordable yet elegant setting for a diverse range of events. Wedding ceremonies and receptions, antique and art fairs, concerts, film, television and radio filming and recording, business conferences and product launches have all been hosted by Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Pricing for hiring one of the town hall's five wedding rooms are available upon request.
Outside and around Chelsea Old Town Hall
Located in the affluent and elegant borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Chelsea Old Town Hall is just a short walk from a variety of scenic spots and venues. Green spots such as St Luke's Garden and Dovehouse Green are mere metres away from the town hall, as well as a slew of London's loveliest restaurants and venues.
Chelsea Old Town Hall is easily one of the most glamorous and coveted town hall for weddings and registry ceremonies, not just in London, but the entire United Kingdom. It's prime location on one of the trendiest streets in London and its timeless decor makes it one of Perfocal's choices for best town halls for your ceremony.
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